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    Valenti Urges Filmmakers on Topics

    Filmmakers don't need to avoid sensitive topics because of last month's terrorist attacks--as long as they tell a good story, said Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti.

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    Fact or Fiction:Solos In Harmony V

    "Fact or Fiction: Solos in Harmony V," presented by Joel West for Blue Sphere Alliance at the Lex, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Tues. 8 p.m. Oct. 16-Nov. 20. $15. (323) 957-5782.

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    SAG Amends Low-Budget Pacts

    The Screen Actors Guild has modified certain of its low-budget theatrical agreements. The changes include establishing SAG's standard residual structure in the experimental, limited exhibition and modified low-budget contracts, which the guild said will permit greater revenues downstream from distributors to producers.

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    Theatre Guide 2001

    If you've got a theatre company or rental space in Southern California, you need to be listed in this indispensable annual guide. For display advertising, which will draw special attention to you company or space, contact (323)525-2225; the ad deadline is Dec 7, 2001.

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    Hanging a Flag on It

    I don't know where the expression came from. Perhaps it began as a construction term—a flag hung in a location to signal danger?

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    In Focus

    Huntington Funds New Baitz PlayBoston's Huntington Theatre Company has announced a program to provide commissions for new American plays. Jon Robin Baitz has been selected as the first recipient of the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays. Commissioned dramatists will be chosen by a committee headed by Artistic ...

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    Monster

    At last Mary Shelley is sitting center stage-and in a spotlight. In Neal Bell's new play, "Monster," based on Shelley's classic 1818 novel, "Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus," the playwright has gone directly back to the source. Over the years, this too-oft-told tale has, in its many stage ...

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    Ventura Foils Guthrie's New River Complex

    Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, a former Seabee and pro wrestler, recently referred to himself as "the Samurai governor"-a threat to slice apart a $979.1 million state capital improvement bill approved by the state legislature.

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    Daykin Departs, But City Center Sees Sunny Future

    When the 2002-03 season concludes, it will be the end of an era at City Center, and yet Judith Daykin, who has served as president and executive director of the city-owned institution since 1992

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    Gilbert Prepares for Toughest Role

    New Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert is matter-of-fact about the challenges of leading a fractious union as it grapples with the changing economics of the global entertainment industry.